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2014 MEDAL WINNER SANAZ MIANJI, ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

Sanaz Mianji at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Sanaz Mianji at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Design for House of Artists by Sanaz Mianji.
Design for House of Artists by Sanaz Mianji.

Sanaz Mianji’s medal award-winning project, House of Artists, is a space designed as a stable foundation for artists and entrepreneurs in which to grow a thriving community that nourishes inspiration and innovation. Here’s how she describes it:

House of Artists is a solution for coping with the growing pains of the expanding creative community. The house aims to nourish a strong independent growth, while building a stable foundation for artists within the community. The house will allow the artists to freely promote themselves by exhibiting their body of work amongst each other and the larger community. The major outcomes of this house are to learn, inspire, create, innovate, experiment and grow.

What inspired you and motivated you to do this project?

My thesis project was the result of my own experiences in Toronto, when I noticed that there was a lack of creative outlets for artists and designers in order to create and promote themselves, while learning and inspiring one another. I was motivated and inspired by all the future potential for the creative crowds.

What part of the process of creating this project did you learn the most from?

I learned the most when I had to research carefully and interview the technicians in order to accommodate all the needs for designing each workshop. Also, developing the concepts of communication, collaboration and individuality within this creative community required a lot of research in order to resolve the problems and create inspiring spaces for artists and designers.

What aspect of this project are you the most proud of?

Although my thesis was a complex project, I was able to explore all the possibilities in the site. This led me create design strategies that would carry the conceptual values from the beginning of my process to the end. I very much enjoyed making the process models and I’m proud of how they could communicate the concepts and the ideas as a whole.

How did you react to the news that you won a medal for your work?

Tears of joy seem like a rare occasion and I experienced that for the first time when I was informed my thesis project was awarded the medal. I will never forget how it felt!

What’s your fondest memory from your studies at OCAD U, and what will you miss the most?

I have been blessed with many great memories at OCAD U such as meeting inspiring people and creating a new family that we call the “OCADIAN family.” I will miss our great teachers, all the shops, friends and our thesis space at 52 McCaul, where we spent most of our time for the past year.

What are you planning to do next?

I participated in The Stop Night Market Festival with four other graduates from OCAD U and we have been working hard to finish the design and execute our food cart for this competition. My plan is to work and gain more experience in the real world and I also plan on continuing my studies as a Master’s student in Architecture.




Sanaz Mianji at GradEx 2014. Photo by Christina Gapic.
Design for House of Artists by Sanaz Mianji.

Sanaz Mianji’s medal award-winning project, House of Artists, is a space designed as a stable foundation for artists and entrepreneurs in which to grow a thriving community that nourishes inspiration and innovation. Here’s how she describes it:

House of Artists is a solution for coping with the growing pains of the expanding creative community. The house aims to nourish a strong independent growth, while building a stable foundation for artists within the community. The house will allow the artists to freely promote themselves by exhibiting their body of work amongst each other and the larger community. The major outcomes of this house are to learn, inspire, create, innovate, experiment and grow.

What inspired you and motivated you to do this project?

My thesis project was the result of my own experiences in Toronto, when I noticed that there was a lack of creative outlets for artists and designers in order to create and promote themselves, while learning and inspiring one another. I was motivated and inspired by all the future potential for the creative crowds.

What part of the process of creating this project did you learn the most from?

I learned the most when I had to research carefully and interview the technicians in order to accommodate all the needs for designing each workshop. Also, developing the concepts of communication, collaboration and individuality within this creative community required a lot of research in order to resolve the problems and create inspiring spaces for artists and designers.

What aspect of this project are you the most proud of?

Although my thesis was a complex project, I was able to explore all the possibilities in the site. This led me create design strategies that would carry the conceptual values from the beginning of my process to the end. I very much enjoyed making the process models and I’m proud of how they could communicate the concepts and the ideas as a whole.

How did you react to the news that you won a medal for your work?

Tears of joy seem like a rare occasion and I experienced that for the first time when I was informed my thesis project was awarded the medal. I will never forget how it felt!

What’s your fondest memory from your studies at OCAD U, and what will you miss the most?

I have been blessed with many great memories at OCAD U such as meeting inspiring people and creating a new family that we call the “OCADIAN family.” I will miss our great teachers, all the shops, friends and our thesis space at 52 McCaul, where we spent most of our time for the past year.

What are you planning to do next?

I participated in The Stop Night Market Festival with four other graduates from OCAD U and we have been working hard to finish the design and execute our food cart for this competition. My plan is to work and gain more experience in the real world and I also plan on continuing my studies as a Master’s student in Architecture.